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Old 10-12-2011, 04:18 PM   #1
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Default Ordered extract kit, not quite ready to brew. A couple of Q's.

My first extract kit, the "Caribou Slobber" arrives Friday, but I'm still about a week away from brew day. A couple of Q's...

1. What should I put in the fridge until then? I got the liquid yeast. Do I need to refrigerate the syrup?

2. I'm going for the full 5 gallon boil, and the instructions specify 3 gallons boiled added to 2 gallons. The guy at Northern said to cut my first hops by 10%. Any other suggestions? should I just stick to the instructions?

3. Glass carboy or plastic bucket for primary fermentation? I plan on a glass carboy for secondary.

4. What do i put in my airlock? Water? Do I need to worry about a blowoff tube?

This is my first batch of beer and I'm so stoked I can't stand it!!

Thanks again for all the help on this board!

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Old 10-12-2011, 04:24 PM   #2
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Congrats!

1. What should I put in the fridge until then? I got the liquid yeast. Do I need to refrigerate the syrup? Fridge yeast and put LME in a cool dark closet/pantry. A few days wont hurt it.
2. I'm going for the full 5 gallon boil, and the instructions specify 3 gallons boiled added to 2 gallons. The guy at Northern said to cut my first hops by 10%. Any other suggestions? should I just stick to the instructions? I would add all the hops personally but its up to you.
3. Glass carboy or plastic bucket for primary fermentation? I plan on a glass carboy for secondary. Plastic for primary
4. What do i put in my airlock? Water? Do I need to worry about a blowoff tube? Put star san in the airlock or vodka. I wouldnt worry about a blowoff tube with the bucket.
Read the beginner section for more good info while you wait to brew.

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Old 10-12-2011, 04:26 PM   #3
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My first extract kit, the "Caribou Slobber" arrives Friday, but I'm still about a week away from brew day. A couple of Q's...

1. What should I put in the fridge until then? I got the liquid yeast. Do I need to refrigerate the syrup?

FOR A FEW DAYS NOT A BIG DEAL FOR THE EXTRACT.

2. I'm going for the full 5 gallon boil, and the instructions specify 3 gallons boiled added to 2 gallons. The guy at Northern said to cut my first hops by 10%. Any other suggestions? should I just stick to the instructions?

THE SHOP IS RIGHT, BUT I WOULD STICK WITH INSTRUCTIONS FOR NOW JUST TO LEARN THE PROCESS. BUT, FILTER OUT CHLORINE FROM THE WATER.

3. Glass carboy or plastic bucket for primary fermentation? I plan on a glass carboy for secondary.

EITHER IS GOOD. DON;T WORRY ABOUT SECONDARY - JUST PRIMARY FOR 3-4 WEEKS.

4. What do i put in my airlock? Water? Do I need to worry about a blowoff tube?

BLOWOFF TUBE TO START THEN AIRLOCK ONCE THE FERM SETTLES

This is my first batch of beer and I'm so stoked I can't stand it!!

HAVE PATIENCE SO YOU CAN GET A FIRST BREW ON YOUR FIRST ATTEMPT

Thanks again for all the help on this board!

jfire
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:27 PM   #4
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The main thing to remember about your first brews are to clean and sanitize everything. Use unscented oxyclean for your cleaning, and starsan the s*** out of everything. Don't fear the foam, leave wet starsan on everything. If you can keep sanitized, you will love your first batch.

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Old 10-12-2011, 04:27 PM   #5
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1-just the yeast.
2-if you can do a full boil, go for it. You can boil 5gals and add cool water after boil to reach your final volume (5gal I suppose)
3-I use the better bottle PET's, work for me, are cheap and safe. Why are you planning a secondary. Not needed if you are not adding anything like dry hopping.
4-Water is fine. you can use vodka as well. If you can't watch your fermenter on a daily basis, add a blow off tube from start, otherwise, only if you realise that a blow off is imminent.

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Old 10-12-2011, 04:28 PM   #6
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+1 to the above. I too would add the hops per the directions, the hops utilization difference isnt enough to bother with.

You'll like that beer, I have the AG version kegged right now mmmmm

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Wow, again this forum continues to amaze me! Thanks for all the advice! I can't wait to start!

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Old 10-12-2011, 04:58 PM   #8
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Awesome, you are going to have a blast

When I did extract batches I would put the LME bottles in really hot water to help liquify them so that they poured easier into the boil. Also, its hard to beat watching the yeast work in a glass carboy on the first batch at least...
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Keep in mind that once you pitch the yeast it can be a few days before there is any sign of anything going on.

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Also, the minimum time to leave in the fermenter is when you check your gravity for 3 days and it has not changed (and it should be close to your target FG, like few points above or under is fine). That is the only way to know that fermentation is complete. You can bottle after that or leave further in the fermenter, like total of 3 to 4 weeks. Some advocate benefits on letting it sit in the fermenter for that long.

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